The Second Round action takes centre stage at the 2022 World Cup of Darts in Frankfurt on Saturday as a…
The Second Round action takes centre stage at the 2022 World Cup of Darts in Frankfurt on Saturday as a host of seeded nations collide.
Though high in drama, the opening round produced little in the way of upsets as all eight seeded nations safely progressed through their pairs tie.
Focus now switches to singles play for place in the final day of action, with two quick-fire singles rubbers followed by a pairs decider if required.
The afternoon session on Day Three kicks off with a clash between Northern Ireland and New Zealand as World Cup stalwarts Daryl Gurney and Brendan Dolan face former World Championship qualifiers Ben Robb and Warren Parry.
Gurney and Dolan were given a tough test by young Gibraltar duo Justin Hewitt and Craig Galliano, but a pivotal 135 checkout on the bull from ‘Superchin’ helped swing the tie in the latter stages.
The former semi-finalists now face a New Zealand side who saw off Switzerland 5-3 in Round One and are bidding to reach the Last Eight for the first time since 2019.
Second seeds Wales, meanwhile, step up their pursuit of a second World Cup title in the space of three years when they face last year’s beaten finalists Austria.
Premier League powerhouses Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton produced the stand-out performance of the opening round with a 99.2 average in defeating the Philippines 5-2.
As a pair, they have reached at least the Quarter-Final stage in three of their four previous World Cup appearances, but face a tricky test against Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez – who were narrowly denied glory last September.
Netherlands’ new-look pairing of Danny Noppert and Dirk van Duijvenbode look to avoid an early exit at the hands of 2019 finalists Republic of Ireland.
The UK Open champion and recent ProTour finalist whitewashed Brazil in Round One but now come up against the passionate pairing of World Cup ever-present William O’Connor and the ice cool Steve Lennon.
Gabriel Clemens and Martin Schindler aim to raise the roof for hosts Germany when they take on rank outsiders Denmark.
The German duo squandered ten match darts before eventually falling over the line against Spain, but will be eyeing a more comfortable passage into the Last Eight at the expense of Tour Card holder Vladimir Andersen and Andreas Toft Jørgensen – who saw off Singapore in their opener.
The evening session begins with a tie between 2012 finalists Australia and underdogs Sweden.
Simon Whitlock and Damon Heta came agonisingly close to making history as they wired double 18 for a nine-darter during their 5-2 win over Lithuania on Friday, while Daniel Larsson and Johan Engström were 5-2 winners over South Africa to earn only the Swedes’ second win in eight years.
Former finalists Belgium aim to continue their strong record in this event by overcoming the dangerous Polish pair of Krzysztof Ratajski and Sebastian Białecki.
Dimitri van den Bergh and Kim Huybrechts safely saw off Japan in their opener and are now looking to reach the Quarter-Finals for the fourth time in five years.
Poland, meanwhile, held their nerve to edge out the USA in a deciding leg after Danny Baggish had missed tops for a 160 checkout, with Ratajski partnering the young debutant to a dramatic win.
England produced the stand-out performance of Day Two as Michael Smith and James Wade registered a combined average of 98.8 in a 5-1 rout of the Czech Republic.
The reigning US Masters champion and ten-time major winner now return to traditional singles action as they face Madars Razma and Nauris Gleglu of Latvia – bidding to reach the Quarter-Finals for the first time.
Scotland step up the defence of their title with a show-down against José de Sousa and Vítor Jerónimo of Portugal.
Peter Wright and John Henderson found their stride to comfortably dispatch Hong Kong 5-1 and are aiming to become only the third nation to successfully retain this title.
Second Round matches will be played as two best of seven legs singles matches. In the event of both nations winning one singles match apiece, a best of seven-leg Doubles match will be played to decide the tie.
World Cup of Darts 2022 Day Three Schedule of Play
All times BST (local time one hour ahead)
Saturday June 18
Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Northern Ireland v New Zealand
Netherlands v Republic of Ireland
Wales v Austria
Germany v Denmark
Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Australia v Sweden
Belgium v Poland
England v Latvia
Scotland v Portugal